There are several types of breast cancer. Most breast cancers are invasive ductal carcinomas, which originate in the milk ducts of the breast before spreading to other parts of the breast. Other types include ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), which originates in milk ducts but has not yet spread; and invasive lobular carcinoma, which begins in milk-producing glands. Symptoms of breast cancer can include a lump, swelling of all or part of a breast, skin irritation or dimpling, breast or...
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Once you or a loved one are faced with a cancer diagnosis, you have so many questions, fears and concerns. How am I going to get through this? Where do I begin? It's scary and not easy. We've turned to our WhatNexters, and asked them what advice they would give to someone who is newly diagnosed with cancer and needs support. They've been through it, hopefully their words of wisdom can help.
1. Assemble your team. They say it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it takes a team to beat...
Colorectal adenocarcinoma is a type of colon/rectal tumor originating in the glands that produce the mucus that coat the inside of the colon/rectal area. The cancerous cells may spread into the walls of the colon and then into the lymphatic system. The cancer becomes more of risk when polyps (benign tumors formed by abnormal growth) turn cancerous. Colorectal adenocarcinoma progresses slowly and sometimes is not detected for 5 years.
Noticeable signs include irregular bowel habits like...
Cancer. You’ve been there, done that. And you’ve got the scars (physical and emotional) to prove it. Along the way, you’ve learned a lot. About yourself. About your friends and loved ones. About, well … life in general. And that’s some hard-won knowledge.
Wouldn’t it have been nice to at least had a preview of these experiences? It may not have made things any less scary or intimidating, but at least you would have been ready, you could have girded yourself for what was to come.
From the moment you are first diagnosed with cancer, this disease that you probably spent very little time thinking about is suddenly everywhere you look. Your ears become hypersensitive to the word “cancer” on the radio, on TV – and even in small snatches of conversations you overhear.
“I don't know about everyone else, but every time I hear someone mention
‘cancer’ or ‘diagnosis,’ or the topic is raised on a TV show or movie – my antennae go up,” says WhatNexter GregP_WN.
We all do it. All the time. At home. At work. In the car. For almost everything. In fact, you’re doing it now.
It’s a little thing called “checking the Internet.” Or just “googling” it. And many cancer patients have found that instantaneous access to information about the disease – and, seemingly, every conceivable aspect of cancer – can be both a blessing and a curse.
It’s almost certain that well over 90% of you that are reading this right now spent untold hours in the days following your...
Our Blog Post today is from WhatNexter "Cards7Up", she is a Stage IIIA lung cancer survivor and has been through quite a journey. She shares her story of fighting with determination while being her own advocate for quality care.
I was originally diagnosed with NSCLC (non small cell lung cancer) adenocarcinoma, stage IIIA in July 2010. At that time, two tumors were found, one in upper and lower right lobes. I knew about LC as my Mom had passed almost one year previously to the day I...
Shock, fear, denial, anger, rage, sadness, and disbelief are just some feelings WhatNexters have felt when they were first diagnosed with cancer. There may be a whole cycle of different emotions that you experience.
“I can't believe this. I have never even heard of lymphoma before and no one in my family has ever experienced cancer. I have so many plans and things I want to do. This can't be happening!” -- Margarita, Lymphoma, Stage III
“How am I supposed to react to my father...
You probably don’t know what to expect when going into radiation therapy for the first time. It is okay to be a little uneasy; below are some insights from the American Cancer Society and WhatNexters that may help.
WhatNexter’s recommend reading the American Cancer Society’s Guide to Radiation Therapy. It provides insight on what it is, how it helps, and deeper discussion on the treatment.
The first source to go for questions about what to expect from radiation therapy is your...
We have all been in this situation- You're sitting in the waiting room feeling terrible, there are kids running around screaming, sick people sneezing on you, you're just hoping to get in and out of the Doctor's office and not be sicker than you were when you walked in. Couldn't they have a separate waiting room for us cancer patients who have compromised immune systems?
This is just one of the things that the Doctor's office, treatment facilities, and even the hospitals don't seem to get....
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